Carl W. Grobe, Ph.D.

Carl Grobe

204H Wilson Hall
T: 413-572-5304
F: 413-572-8109


B.S., Connecticut College (New London, CT; Botany)
Ph.D., University of California, Davis (Davis, CA; Botany)

Post-doctoral experience:

Arizona State University (Tempe, AZ)
University of Maine (Orono, ME)

Joined Westfield State University in 1998


Plant Biology
Plant Physiology
Seaweed Physiology

Teaching Philosophy

I view teaching as more than simply an occupation. It is an opportunity to provide students with skills and information that they will use throughout their lives. For those planning to major in some area of biology, it is a chance to encourage and interest them in a subject that is both challenging and exciting. I feel a great sense of accomplishment when I can convey my excitement for a subject to my students. It is an opportunity to attract the next teachers and researchers to a vital field of study. Teaching a course for non-majors is an opportunity to provide students with a window into what biology is all about and how scientists in general work and think. I believe it is critical to reach students who live in a society in which science plays such a vital role. Since these students may never take another science course, it is important that they gain an appreciation for the methods of science, the potentials and limitations of scientific research, and the logical approach to scientific investigation.

Courses that Dr. Grobe teaches:

BIOL 180: Introductory Seminar in Biology
BIOL 128: General Biology II
BIOL 206: Plants and Human Society
BIOL 208: Marine Biology
BIOL 211: Plant Biology
BIOL 280-289: Biology Seminar
BIOL 380: Senior Seminar